The silver lining as we sulkily close the chapter on each summer season? Consoling ourselves by shopping enthusiastically for new fall fashion. And the annual ritual is even more joyful when we combine it with our love of travel to create a perfectly curated wardrobe inspired by our own wanderlust preferences. Get inspired to find your perfect hat this season by considering the European fashion capitals where folks rock the looks in top style.
Berlin: The Fedora
Fedoras became widely associated with gangsters and Prohibition, a connection coinciding with the height of the hat’s popularity between the 1920s and the early 1950s. In the second half of the 1950s, the fedora fell out of favor in a shift towards more informal clothing styles, though Greasers wore the hats with their leather jackets and jeans. Fedora is a simple style choice for anyone looking to dress up their head-wear. Whereas a cap is often casual, the fedora shines as brightly with a suit as it does with weekend wear, and you can wear it year-round as a handsome accent to any outfit.
Berliners are some of the coolest people you’ll meet, so of course they rock fedoras. The style is chic and bold, with narrower brim, silk ribbon or belt around the base, and folded top. Berlin locals don’t often feel the need to dress up (they’re effortlessly coolie manufacturers in France. Austere (who acquired the former oldest manufacturer, Blancq-Olibet, in February 2014) has been making berets since 1840. Bacteria Auloronesa is a small artisan French beret manufacturer in the ridiculously stylish, often without trying, so when it comes to accessories, they opt for a less-is-more approach. Simple but smart, the beret is the quintessential Parisian hat for any occasion. They come in all colors and patterns but many locals opt for neutrals or more subdued tones. Remember to cock it to one side, lest you be mistaken for a tourist.
Milan: The Wide-Brim Hat
Milan is not the city to shy away from limelight and with a hat this wide, your chances of blending into the crowd are slim to none — just how you like it! In the cooler months, felt or suede will keep you warm. Or while the weather’s still warm, try sporting a caudally. Originally from Chile, they are made of straw and look oh-so-chic. The natural oils in our hands dry out the straw, and when the straw dries it becomes brittle and is more susceptible to cracking. Handle the hat by its brim, yes the oils still affect the straw in the brim, but the brim is much easier to clean and much less likely a spot for cracking to occur. Be sure to store your hat either in the box that you bought it in or in a spot that is away from sunlight. Never store a hat on its brim as this will affect its shape.